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History and an active volcano

Last night we went wandering around Catania city centre. Quite extraordinary, buildings have been re-built after they were destroyed by Mt Etna's last big eruption in 1693.
Photos tell the story.
Today we rode half way up Mt Etna, then went further up on the Cable Car. To be riding along a road with black volcanic ash each side of the road is beyond description. Mt Etna has small eruptions quite frequently, latest being in April 2013, very glad we missed that one.
We got off the cable car at 2550m above sea level, Etna is 3330m high so there was still quite a way to go, by 4 wheel drive and then walk even further up. Being in bike gear we decided to give that option a miss, besides it was very very windy and quite chilly where we were.
The last two photos are of people walking around a smaller crater half way up.
Put this one in again as it is my favourite.

Posted by MKaye 08:11 Archived in Italy

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